Newcastle man steals $110,000 of copper

400 businesses and homes affected in Wangi Wangi area

Newcastle Police have arrested a man charged with stealing $110,000 worth of telephone copper cabling along the NSW central coast.

The 50-year-old allegedly posed as a technician to access Telstra phone pits and manholes, stealing both active and inactive cabling from 400 premises in the Wangi Wangi region, as well as other areas in surrounding suburbs.

The thefts took place between early October and November in the suburbs of Arcadia Vale, Belmont, Mayfield, Sandgate and Toronto. Businesses and homes were affected by “major breaks in telecommunications” according to police.

The man has been charged with a total of 16 counts for larceny and destroying or damaging property. He has been granted conditional bail and will appear before Newcastle Local Court on 11 January next year.

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